Definition - What does Diverter Valve mean?
Diverter Valve is a valve which is used to divert the flow of crude oil, petroleum products or natural gas from one source to multiple destinations. The valves also have many industrial applications particularly the ones which make use of liquid or gas as a medium to be used or transported in multiple directions into various process units.
Petropedia explains Diverter Valve
Diverter valves are used on the pipelines to split or combine the process media into single or multiple fluid streams which gets transferred to various process units for further processing. Some of the broad varieties of applications of the diverter valve are listed below:
- Splitting or combining process media line into multiple smaller lines.
- If any dead spaces are created, these valves help in eliminating them by allowing engineers to replace isolation valves and T-pieces.
- Helps in keeping the process units running by diverting the flow from one route to another if any fault occurs in the mainline.
- Helps in switching between control valves and pumps.
- Gives options to integrate multiple valve processes into one single unit.
Diverter Valve configurations
- T-Type valve with 90 degree inlet and outlet angle
- T-Type valve with 45 or 60 degrees inlet and outlet angle
- R-Type valve with inlet and outlet perpendicular to each other
- Bidirectional inlet and outlet diverter valves
- Multi-way diverter valves (Star Design)